This is what expired fracking rules look like:
The latest issue of the New York State Register makes it official: The Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposed regulations for large-scale hydrofracking have officially expired.
Not that it was a surprise, of course. The deadline for finalizing the rules — which would have allowed fracking to move forward with strict limitations — came and went on February 27 after Health Commissioner Nirav Shah said he needed more time to complete a review of the health impacts.
The official state register prints every Wednesday, with submissions required about two weeks in advance. Hence, the notice of expiration just showed up in Wednesday’s issue.
In the meantime, high-volume fracking remains on hold in New York. The DEC — if it decides to implement formal regulations — would have to re-propose them in the register, and open them to a 45-day public comment period and at least one hearing.